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Monday, June 29, 2009

I'mmmmm Backkkkkk!!!

Really, Truly, Honestly... I am back! Now I have to admit I am not up and running at full speed yet - but I AM back!

For all those that have been asking and praying, my Father in Law is doing quite well. He is back at home and he has been approved to eat soft foods! He is scheduled to see the oncologist next week and that will be the next big hurdle. All in all he is doing really good, he gets tired really easy and that frustrates him to no end - but hey I keep telling him he had MAJOR surgery, it takes time to recover and he is OLD!!! Bahahahaha!!! Thanks again for all your prayers, thoughts and concern!

I am in the process of trying to get my computer back up and running! As most of you probably know I suffered what I am now referring to as the "Great Crash of 2009" while I was in AZ and lost EVERYTHING!!! Well let me take that back, I didn't lose everything - I do have backups of all my photos, and all my cutter files and most of my business files...... but everything else.... GONE! All my fonts, all my addresses, birthdays, personal documents, email address, saved emails.... all of it gone!

I did get a new hard drive put in my computer while I was in AZ but of course all my program files and drivers were here in GA... and then if that wasn't bad enough on my way in the house in the wee hours of the morning, I dropped my computer bag and suitcase and dang if I didn't mess up the laptop again!!!! Grrrrrr!!! So that meant taking it to computer shop here to get it fixed! I was soo frustrated that at 3 AM in the morning I ordered a NEW PINK laptop from Dell!!! At this point it has become very obvious that I need a back up! Between the cutter files and my own on-line store I just can't be without a computer at anytime!!! (And that doesn't even count the fact that I need my email to communicate with my hubby who is overseas!!!)

So I am still in the process of getting my current laptop up and running and getting all my drivers and programs installed. I'm thinking about the time I get this one back to 100% the new one will have arrived and I will have to reinstall everything all over again!!! Sheesh......

In addition to all of that.... I am still trying to get all my stuff unpack from my trip! I think I posted while I was gone that I am opening up a NEW line of stuff at Beloved Keepsakes!! I am super duper mega excited about this!!!! BUT while I was in AZ I ended up purchasing two new machines for the new line and a ton (and I mean a ton) of supplies and stuff.... so much that I actually had to ship two boxes home from AZ!!!! One of them weighted 32 lbs and the other was 54 lbs!!!! (Insane!!! I know...) And that isn't even taking in account that my check in suitcase weighted 49.5 lbs!!!!

Oh speaking of weight... (yes I know this post is LONG but I got a lot to try and catch up on!!!) I am very very very excited to say that EVEN THOUGH I was on vacation, and even though half the time I was in AZ my mother in law was cooking three yummy meals a day, and even though I spent two weeks in a hospital just sitting and eating yummy cookies, ice cream and junk from the cafeteria I LOST WEIGHT!!!! Whooo Hooooo.... Yep - I haven't given up on weigh in Wednesdays!

When I left I was 188 lbs.... if you will recall when I started this whole weight thing on Jan 22nd I weight 214..... and this past week when I went to the Dr. I was 186lbs!!!! So that brings my total weight loss to.....


Now even though I am very excited - I still have 41 lbs left to lose to get my trip!!! So I am not giving up and I am trying to keep up the hard hard work!

Ok - I think I am going to end this post for today... I don't want to overwhelm you with too much at one time!! But before I go - let me just say that if you are a part of my Scrapbooking, Cards and More Membership - I uploaded TWO NEW files today and they are MEGA MEGA cute!!!! (I'll post them here for everyone else to see tomorrow!)

Hope you are all well and I have to say thanks again everyone for all your thought, prayers and well wishes! You guys are the BEST!!!

Until Next Time!


Lori McDonald, Designer

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Bec,  June 29, 2009 at 6:46 PM  

Congratulations on the weight loss. It is very hard to be living on the road so that is a major accomplishment in my opinion. It is good to hear your father-in-law is on the road to recovery. It was wonderful you were able to be there for them. I know your hubby appreciates you being there in his absence. Your pink laptop sounds YUMMY. My my, lots going on. Can't wait to see your new 'stuff'.

Anonymous,  June 30, 2009 at 10:04 AM  

congrats, congrats, congrats on the weight loss. Glad that you have made it back to us and your fil is doing well


Sara June 30, 2009 at 11:35 AM  

Good to see you back - I've been going through withdrawls! :-) You going to be around tomorrow? I have a road trip ahead of me and would love to help the time pass with conversation! I'll give you a call sometime!

Ileana July 1, 2009 at 8:59 PM  

Welcome home, Lori! We missed you terribly.

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